We're about 1/3 of the way through March. The year's progressing along pretty steadily. Before you know it, we'll be getting to mid-year, and that's where Privateer Press is looking for this preview. They're showing off what you can expectin June. And those things are some new figures for Warmachine, as well as Monsterpocalypse.
The Swashbuckler takes unique advantage of the adroitness of its underlying chassis, built expressly for the purpose of navigating a ship’s deck even when tossed by winds at sea. Engines East employed a cortex custom-built to augment capability in melee as well as superlative situational awareness. Privateers enjoy them in particular for their usefulness during boarding operations, either on the offense or defense. Firing a short-ranged cannon in one hand and wielding a cutlass in the other, the Swashbuckler is aptly named: it walks with a similar swagger to its human counterpart.
For most who dwell among the Scharde Islands, the pirate’s life means freedom and a chance for wealth, at least for those who are sufficiently ruthless and driven. Captain Rahera represents these ideals better than most, having risen above the riff-raff of the many pirate dens to seize her own destiny. She has somehow managed to retain autonomy while also staying in the good graces of Cryx’s lich lords and considers herself beholden to no man, living or dead. She claims to know the sacrificial magics of the Satyxis—and the ships she claims certainly see their decks painted red with the blood of the fallen.
The woman who would become one of Khador’s greatest warcasters entered military service young, lying to recruiters to get into the Winter Guard two years before normal eligibility. By the time her warcaster talent was recognized, she was already a battle-hardened veteran. Awakened to her talent after the death of her superior officer, she was impatient to put training behind her and do her part in the Motherland’s wars. She inspired her soldiers with her courage and heroics, ever inclined to close with the enemy as quickly as possible.
The arrival of the Destroyers has drawn the ire of many great beasts once hidden in the untracked jungles and wilderness places. One of the greatest of Earth’s savage defenders is known as King Kondo, a primate of gargantuan proportions with a rage to match his height and girth. Kondo has the strength to punch through buildings or lift and throw entire trains. He has no reason to trust humanity, particularly after a disastrous attempt by a secret multi-national task force to take him captive and use him as a chained weapon, but most of his ire is reserved for unnatural horrors like the Planet Eaters.
The great apes joining Kondo in his wars are extremely clever and adaptable, having stolen a variety of modern military hardware and showing surprising facility at employing them in battle. The assault ape wears a prototypal exoskeleton intended for lifting heavy cargo but which is just as useful for smashing chompers and destructomites. Rocket apes carry an explosive projectile launching array equipped with an easy-to-use firing trigger, allowing the unleashing of an ongoing salvo.
The great apes joining Kondo in his wars are extremely clever and adaptable, having stolen a variety of modern military hardware and showing surprising facility at employing them in battle. The ape gunners carry looted artillery pieces and employ them as a human might a carbine—and with surprising accuracy. But the true proof that the apes are smart enough to eclipse humanity is evident in the ape infiltrators, who employ advanced electronic hardware to identify hidden enemies and assist their targeting and destruction.
Those who have seen the Empire of the Apes in action have begun to suspect there must be human collaborators facilitating their military efforts, and the Jungle Fortress certainly supports this theory. What strange cabal might be behind efforts to enhance the native intelligence of the apes and help outfit them with modern weaponry remains unknown, but their facilities have sometimes been discovered in remote locations. Within these halls, stolen or black market-bought military hardware is modified to suit the oversized frames of the apes. They also stock many pairs of oversized ape goggles, as eye protection is clearly a priority.